How to Block and Unblock Numbers on an iPhone

Picture this – after a hard day of work, you sit down to enjoy some time on your own; just then, your iPhone rings & it’s some annoying caller trying to sell you credit cards. Happens to the best of us, right?

Well, that doesn’t have to be the case. After all, phones are meant to connect you with the people you love. But, what happens when you keep getting calls or texts from people you want to avoid? If you’ve had it with answering unnecessary calls, your iPhone makes it easy to get rid of such pesky calls.

The iOS comes with built-in contact blockers. And, it’s pretty easy to use. Moreover, the process is completely reversible.

In this article, we’ll show you how to block and unblock phone numbers on your iPhone.

A side note – a common question I see on the internet is, “What’s the difference between blocking a contact and putting them on DND?”. Well, blocking numbers and activating Do Not Disturb (DND) mode are two separate things. While blocking a number prevents any future incoming calls and texts, DND merely mutes the notifications.

How to Block and Unblock Numbers on an iPhone

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How to Block A Phone Number on an iPhone?

The iPhone offers you multiple ways to block contact. Here, we’ll tell you all the possible ways.

1. Block a Phone Number using the Phone app

  1. Open the Phone or Calling App.
  2. Tap on Recents, to see a list of recent callers. Alternatively, select a contact from your contacts list.
  3. Select the number you want to block.
  4. Tap the Information icon (stylized as a lowercase “i”) on the right of the number.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and select Block this Caller.
  6. Finally, confirm your decision.

2. Block a Phone Number using Messages

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Open a message from the contact you want to block.
  3. Tap the Information icon.
  4. Tap the sender’s name or number.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and select Block this Caller.
  6. Finally, confirm your decision.

3. Block a Phone Number using FaceTime

  1. Open the FaceTime app.
  2. Find the contact that you want to block.
  3. Tap the Information icon.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and select Block this Caller.
  5. Finally, confirm your decision.

4. Block a Phone Number from the Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.Select Phones.
  2. Scroll down and tap Block Contacts (Call Blocking & Identification in older iOS version).
  3. Select a number from your contacts list to block.
  4. Finally, confirm your decision.

How to Unblock a Phone Number on an iPhone?

Blocking numbers is one of the easiest ways to get rid of nuisance calls and texts. But, sometimes, it is possible to block someone by mistake. Well, fret not, as unblocking a number is just as simple.

You can easily unblock a number by going to the Settings > Phones > Blocked Contacts (just like mentioned above). Here, you’ll find a list of all the contacts that you’ve blocked. There’s an option to edit this list at the top right corner. Tap on it.

You’ll notice a red circle with a subtraction sign in the middle before all the numbers. Tap on it and a red Unblock button will appear next to the number. Tap on it to unblock that number.

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Alternatively, you can also unblock a number by going into your contacts list > contact > Tap the Information icon > Scroll to the bottom and Tap Unblock this Caller.

How to Silence Unknown Callers?

It’s one thing to block a known contact, but blocking spam callers is not that easy as spam calls can come from multiple phone numbers. To combat this issue, Apple has added an option to silence calls from unknown numbers.

Here’s how to enable it.

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  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and Tap on Phone.
  3. Under Call Silencing And Blocked Contacts, turn on the switch next to Silence Unknown Callers.

Once this feature is on, calls from unknown numbers will be sent straight to voicemail; you won’t even hear the phone ringing. The only way you’ll know about the call is if you see it in the recent calls list or, in case of a voicemail, look for it in the Voicemail Inbox.

What Happens When You Block A Number?

Calls from a blocked contact go directly to the voicemail. The iOS creates a separate folder named “Blocked Messages” in your Voicemail Inbox to store voicemails from blocked contacts, which you can listen to. Moreover, everything will seem normal to the caller.

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In case of a text message, it will look to the sender like the message has been sent. Yet, it will not be shown to you.

You must be wondering if the blocked contacts know that they are blocked. Well, the short answer is – no. Since all the blocked contacts are directly sent to voicemail, it’s not that suspicious. However, if this happens too many times, some people might suspect that they have been blocked.

Wrapping Up

Well, there you have it, now you know how to block and unblock numbers on your iPhone. As mentioned above, there are multiple ways to block a number on iOS. The good news is that blocking a number from one app (like Phone) will automatically block it everywhere else (like Messages & FaceTime).

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